Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Ah haaaa!!
Did ya' ever notice...?

Hidden Gags in Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies Cartoons

Other Stuff
News / Updates
Discussion Blog
Help
Cartoon Links
Image

Cob and Katz
[Select to see more]

They're wanted   Two staff members are hidden in the wanted posters. On the left is "Cob Blampett" which is "Bob Clampett" with his initials reversed. The other is for Ray Katz (who is wanted dead).

[Gotlucky64 wanted to make sure I let you know that he saw this one :) ].

Robin Hood Makes Good
(Jones, 1939)
Image

The Binder Stove
[Select to see more]

What's Cookin'?   The fox is busy at the stove, planning a squirrel dinner. The stove door reads "Binder", a reference to Henry Binder.

Porky's Movie Mystery
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

Getting Warmer?
[Select to see more]

Who has a lotta dimples?   Behind Porky is a movie poster for the studio "Warmer Bros." This play on the name "Warner Bros." appears in several other cartoons including The Film Fan (1939), "She Was An Acrobat's Daughter" (1937) and Hollywood Daffy (1946).

Thugs With Dirty Mugs
(Avery, 1939)
Image

The G-man!
[Select to see more]

Garner a headline   The newspaper has an article about "G-Man Garner". This is a reference to Henry "Smoky" Garner who was a cameraman and all around studio handyman.

Porky's Picnic
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

What's your sign?

Looney Tunes   As Porky zips down the road, you can see a sign with the following: "Looney Tunes, A Site For Sore Eyes, At Community Hall". Apparently a little plug for themselves...

Hare-um Scare-um
(Dalton and Hardaway, 1939)
Image

Today's Headlines

Names in the News   There are a couple of interesting items on the newspaper this day. There is a picture an headline about "Happy Hardaway" which refers to one of the directors of the film, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway.
And across the fold at the top you see a headline mentioning "Lu Cavett". Louis Cavett worked at the studio around this time. He also was mentioned later this same year in Fagin's Freshmen and Sniffles and the Bookworm.

Porky's Hotel
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

More Katz   If you examine the suitcase closely, you'll see that one of the stickers reads "Katz Hotel". Yet another appearance of Ray Katz' name in another hidden situation.

Naughty Neighbors
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

Today's news...
[Select to see more]

The latest headlines   There are two notable events in the news sharing the front page with the "Feud Ends" story. To the left there is a headline "Flash! Stork Aims at J. Carey's". John Carey was a staff member in the Clampett unit at Termite Terrace. I don't know if the headline was inspired by a real world event in his family. (Note: you can see a caricature for John Carey at this site in the entry for Porky's Hero Agency. He is depicted as one of the stone characters in the picket fence.
The other notable headline is a historical one: "Titanic Hits Ice-Berg".

Fagin's Freshman
(Dalton and Hardaway, 1939)
Image

Picture that!

Facing Friz   There is a portrait of a familiar face on the wall - it resembles Isadore (Friz) Freleng. This is one of a number of carictures and portraits made of Friz over the years.

Image

The Claw, the Snooper and The Clutch   Aren't the posters on this wall great? Only one has an obvious reference to a staff member - the one with "Do you need money? See Cavett the clutch" can be tied to Louis Cavett who appeared hidden in backgrounds often in 1939.

Image

More Cavett   And Louis Cavett makes it into another background. This time there is a business named "Cavett Grain Storage".

Image

Bring Home A Pound Of Butter!   Next is an audio gag in which the crooks relay a message from the wife of one of the cops. The message goes "Which one of you guys is Hogan? (answer: that's me) "Your wife says to bring home a pound of butter". You can listen to it here.This would be a reference to Rich Hogan.

Pied Piper Porky
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

Extra! Extra!
[Select to see more]

Hamelin Headlines   Among the headlines here you can see "Acme Suspenders Break; Amalgamated Pants Drop". A very similar silly stock report is seen in The Sour Puss.

Image

Check out the books!
[Select to see more]

Popular Titles   There are a pair of books with familiar names. One is called "Looney Tunes" and the other is "Merrie Melodies". Note that they have "Schlesinger" and "Leon Schlesinger" as the publisher.

Image

Check out the books!
[Select to see more]

Who's that pig?  As Mother Goose and her famous gander dance across the screen, there are a series of books featuring a familiar pig in the background.

Image

It's Smoky There

Who's Smoky?   This one zips by very quickly - one book in the background has the name "Smoky" on it. This is a reference to Smoky Garner, a cameraman and fixer-upper in the studio.

Image

The Inner Workings?

Want a Look Inside?   Another book is called "Jones Anatomy" and is published by "Schlesinger".

Image

 

More Titles   Among the books this time is one called "Nerts" by "A. Almond". This is a nod to Ann Almond who was a paint mixer at the studio. Next to this is "Chats About Cats" written by "B. Burke". This title could be a wordplay on the mouse character Sniffles, but is probably a pun on the name of Ray Katz. The author is a reference to an inker at the studio named Betty Burke. Both Betty and Ann also appeared on books in Have You Got Any Castles?. Another book is called "Bring 'Em Down Alive" and is published by "Florida". This is almost certainly a reference to the Fleischer studios who had recently moved to Florida and had been raiding other studios for talent. Several people in Schlesinger's group moved there as a result. The book title "Nerts" may be a comment directed at Fleischer Studios. And finally, there is a book entitled "Deuces Loose" (published by Schlesinger). This is a reference to the cutthroat card games Schlesinger held with his directors on payday.
[Thanks to Jerry Beck for information about Ann Almond and Betty Burke and to Sogturtle for much of the other info. :) ].

Image

 

Book Binder   Behind Sniffles is a book with the name of (Henry) Binder.

Image

A Portis Primer?

Books!   On the left hand side there is a book called "Profit and Loss" by Louis Cavett. This is the third time he appears in a background in 1939 and the second time in a money-related gag.
Melvin Millar is the author of the next book called "Portis". This is the name of his hometown and he slipped it into the background in many cartoons including "Bingo Crosbyana", "Porky's Pet", "Porky in the North Woods", "Porky's Road Race" and "The Case of the Stuttering Pig". The town of Portis created a monument honor Millar which you can see here. There's also a book called "Anatomy of The Mouse" - an interesting choice for a Sniffles film.

Image

More Authors

Monahan and Hogan   It's a bit tough to read, but two of the books behind the bookworm have authors with familiar names - they both refer to two staff writers. One reads "Monahan" (referring to Dave Monahan) and the other "Hogan" (Rich Hogan).

The Film Fan
(Clampett, 1939)
Image

Movie time!
[Select to see more]

Looney Tunes sign   On the right side behind the woman there is a faint sign which I can read most of: "Looney Tunes, the Supreme ??? ??? World".

Image

Now showing...

Presenting...   The title screen has a couple of references: "Warmer Bros." (instead of Warner Bros.) and "Looney Tones" (instead of Looney Tunes).






< Previous | Index | Topics | Next >

Note: This page is not affiliated with Warner Bros. Inc. The characters and names mentioned are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective owners, Warner Bros. Inc. This web page is not meant to infringe upon any copyrights held
by Warner Bros. - it is merely an expression of enthusiasm by a fan.